Ben Bullen is a small rural village located on the Castlereagh Highway between Cullen Bullen and Capertee and is approximately 175 kilometres from Sydney.
The name Ben Bullen is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning “high quiet place”, the meaning still holding true to this day.
The settlement at Ben Bullen grew around the development of the rail line and is now mostly farmland.
The small heritage listed railway station on the Wallerawang-Gwabegar rail line was opened on the 15th of May 1882 and is an important example of a small-scale railway station. This station is now closed.
For those who enjoy 4WD adventures, mountain biking and horse riding, the Ben Bullen Trail in the nearby Gardens of Stone National Park is a winner!
This is also part of the Bicentennial Trail.
With steep sandstone cliffs and scenic views of the Wolgan and Capertee Valleys, this is a great adventure trail for those with well-equipped 4-wheel drive vehicles with high clearance.
If mountain biking, hiking or horse riding is more your style, be sure to take a picnic lunch to enjoy as you rest along the trail, admire the wildflowers and marvel at the amazing rock formations that give the Gardens of Stone its interesting name.
Another great trail is the Moffitt Trail. Named after Joyce and Vern Moffitt, who were legendary Lithgow Unionists and environmentalists associated with the protection of the Gardens of Stone National Park. This trail can be accessed from Hutchinson Road, one kilometre north of Ben Bullen. Along the way you can enjoy the wonderful view at Moffitt’s Pagodas Lookout.
Ben Bullen State Forest borders the Gardens of Stone National Park and covers an area of about 5,100 Hectares. Located at the southern end of the eastern escarpment of the Ben Bullen State Forest, you will find Wolgan Gap – an ideal spot for magical views of the Wolgan Valley.
As always, please take care here as there is very limited mobile phone reception.